04:41 GMT20 June 2021
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    WASHINGTON (Sputnik) – US President Joe Biden wants to create an international coalition to hold to account the countries harbouring hackers behind ransomware attacks, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said in a press briefing.

    According to Psaki, Biden has launched a rapid strategic review to address the mounting challenge of ransomware attacks that will primarily focus on four key issues: the disruption of ransomware infrastructure and actors; building an international coalition to hold countries who harbour ransom actors accountable; expanding cryptocurrency analysis as well as reviewing its own ransomware policies.

    "This attack is an example of how this is not just a problem in the United States. These [hackers] are actors that are working to get into systems around the world", the press secretary said late Wednesday.
     Hooded hacker at keyboard with binary code in front
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    Hooded hacker at keyboard with binary code in front

    Psaki referred to the recent ransomware attack on the meat-producing giant JBS USA, committed earlier this week. It's reportedly the third such cyberattack targeting the US since Biden took office.

    On Tuesday, the White House said it was in touch with the Russian authorities in light of the attack on JBS, which led to the closure of its facilities in the United States. The US administration claims some of the members of the hacker groups reside in Russia.

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